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/ Mar 19, 2017

Onozuka makes halfpipe history

Ayana Onozuka became the first Japanese male or female to win a halfpipe gold medal at the freestyle skiing world championships on Saturday. Onozuka qualified for the women's final with the second-best mark. The Sochi Olympic bronze medalist produced a score of 89.80 points in ...

/ Mar 16, 2017

Watabe's Nordic combined win streak ends

Akito Watabe came up short in his bid for a third straight win and placed fourth at a Nordic combined World Cup meet on Wednesday. With the ski jumping leg canceled because of snow showers and strong winds, the preliminary jump score from the previous ...

/ Mar 14, 2017

Kodaira aims high for 2018 Olympics

Nao Kodaira set her sights high for next year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as she made a triumphant homecoming on Tuesday after finishing the World Cup season undefeated in the 500 meters. Kodaira won her final race at a World Cup event in Norway on Sunday ...

Kodaira secures overall 500 crown

/ Mar 12, 2017

Kodaira secures overall 500 crown

Nao Kodaira secured her second overall World Cup speedskating title in the women's 500 meters with a race to spare at the final event of the season on Saturday. Kodaira, who became the first Japanese woman to win the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships last ...

Horishima claims gold at freestyle ski worlds

/ Mar 9, 2017

Horishima claims gold at freestyle ski worlds

Debutant Ikuma Horishima on Wednesday became the first Japanese man to capture moguls gold at the Freestyle World Ski Championships. The 19-year-old was helped by a costly mistake by Canadian gold medal favorite Mikael Kingsbury, who touched the snow with his hand when landing an ...

Onozuka claims silver in women's halfpipe

/ Mar 8, 2017

Onozuka claims silver in women's halfpipe

Ayana Onozuka claimed the silver medal in the women's halfpipe in the freestyle skiing World Cup season finale on Tuesday. Onozuka, who won bronze at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014, earned 86.00 points to place second behind Cassie Sharpe of Canada, who posted her ...